richard hutten interview
 
richard hutten interview
apr 17, 2007

richard hutten interview

richard huttenimage © designboom

 

we met richard hutten in milan on april 17th, 2007.

 

what is the best moment of the day?

the best moment of the day is by far after work when I comehome and play with my children before they go to bed.

 

what kind of music do you listen to?

at the moment I like rock.I listen to motorhead, ramstein, whatever.

 

 richard hutten interview

‘elephant’, 2006, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

do you listen to the radio?

not so often, I try to avoid it because that way I amfree to think.

 

what books do you have on your bedside table?

I have my ibook on my bedside table.

 

richard hutten interview

‘melting pot’, 2004, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

do you read design, art or architecture magazines?

no, not so often. of course they get sent to me and thenI have a quick look, but I hardly read them.

 

where do you get your news from?

I get bits and pieces from TV or newspapers but I don’tread a newspaper everyday.

 

richard hutten interview

‘dombo’ children mug, 2002, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

I guess that you notice how women dress,

 

do you have any preferences?

yes, my girlfriend has the best fashion shop inholland so I have to notice how women dress.I like them to dress effeminately.

 

what type of clothes do you avoid wearing?

I try to wear original things and avoid black.

 

richard hutten interview

‘berlage’, 2004, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

do you have any pets?

no, I have kids, that is enough!

 

richard hutten interview

 ‘sexy relaxy wood’, 2002, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

when you were a child did you always want to become

 

a designer?

 

 

I was ‘born’ a designer so it wasn’t a choice. I have beenmaking things all my life and when I was around fifteen orsixteen I found out that this could be a profession.

 

do you discuss your work with other designers?

yes, I constantly discuss with friends who are designers.our discussions fluctuate between a rigid logic anda total senselessness.

 

 richard hutten interview

left: ‘thing 3’, 2000, manufactured by richard hutten studio, 2000right: ‘zzzidt’ , 2000, manufactured by richard huttenrichard hutten was requested to design a piece of furniture for the centraal museum in utrecht which could accomodate restaurant visitors who wanted to sit outside. he didn’t think it should have a fixed place in the garden so designed this stool/table which can easily be carriedaround by it’s handle

 

where do you work on your projects?

the designing itself is done when I am by myself at myhome. it is a thinking process so while I drive my car(that’s why I don’t have a radio in my car) that’s a goodmoment to design…or in an airplane where there is no phone ringing.the developing work starts in my studio and incollaboration with manufacturers.

 

richard hutten interview

left: ‘lootable for details’, 1998, manufactured by richard hutten studioright: ‘S.M.A.K.’ female and male rings, 1999, manufactured by smak

 

could you describe your style as a good friend

 

of yours might?

humorous, friendly, surprising.like most dutch artists I am more concerned with thestructure, the basic shape. you can follow the syntax of thedesign process – the design can be understood immediately.

 

could you describe an evolution in your work?

 

 

I started off with a very conceptual approach which led toobjects that were not very functional.function is much more important to me now, because Ihave run my studio for around sixteen years and havelearnt a lot in these years.my later works are functional everyday objects, that are alsosurprising and humorous.

 

richard hutten interview

‘bronto’, 1997, manufactured by DMD

 

which of your projects have given you the most

 

satisfaction?

my children, it is a co-production but that’s the bestthing I have ever made.

 

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‘3 minus 1’, 1996, manufactured by richard hutten studio

 

is there any artists, designers or architects from

 

the past that have influenced you or that you

 

particularly appreciate the work of?

yes, many many.among those from the netherlands, there is gerrit rietveldof the ‘de stijl’ movement. he invented modern design andis still a big source of inspiration.

 

and those still working today…

in architecture I like the work of MVRDV very much.in design there are also many from jasper morrison,michael young to konstantin grcic…it is an endless list of people that I admire a lot.

 

richard hutten interview

left: ‘table-chair’ 1991, manufactured by droog designright: ‘the cross’, 1994, manufactured by droog design

 

do you have any advice for the young?

of course, it’s a big industry, a lot is involved,many design magazines appear, lots of students are waitingto bring in something new. this massive run on designcan be interpreted as an escape from an essential question.so, my advice is: make a good clear point with what youare doing! there is so much of that stuff and I always wonderwhat I could add which hasn’t been done before.

 

is there anything that you’re afraid of regarding

 

the future?

I am afraid of fundamentalists who try to push theiropinion on other people.

 

richard hutten interview

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